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Disabled man losmg water
as city, landlord squabble
BY CHANEL DAVIS
THE CHRONICLE ,
A 54-year-old disabled man unable to pay his more than $3,000 water bill may
soon be without service, while the city and his landlord point fingers at each other.
New Hope Manor Apartments resident Randall Lindsay
received a water bill for $1,100.82 in August, according to ?
his social worker, Debborah Lindsay, who is not related, to
her client. Debborah Lindsay receives Mr. Lindsay's bills at
the Department of Social Services, using some of his $721
monthly disability check to pay them. Mr. Lindsay has been
disabled since suffering a stroke several years ago that has
left him unable to use the right side of his body. He lives in
the apartment with a caregiver and another resident.
Debborah Lindsay contacted the city and New Hope
Manor Apartments officials after receiving the unusually
high bill. She said Mr. Lindsay's water bills had ranged
from between $30 and $250 for the year that he has lived
at New Hope Manor. The social worker said after the first
exorbitant bill came, others followed, and she continued to
reach out to the city and Mr. Lindsay s landlord tor answers. bhe said she contacted
a city financial analyst; City Council member Vivian Burke; Community Business
Development Director Richie Brooks; and city Housing Director Dan Komelis.
"I'm trying to pull in anyone that 1 can think of to try arid help," she said. "We
have used $300 of his money to put towards the bill, but that's not enough."
Sec Rill on A 7
Photo by Chanel Davis
Randall Lindsay stands outside of his New Hope
Photos by Chanel
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Confidence Inside and Out
Agency gives job-seekers the look of success
BY CHANEL DAVIS
THE CHRONICLE ...
Sylvia Jones started her new job last week with a new set of threads cour
tesy of Dress for Success Winston-Salem.
After being unemployed for six months, she didn't know quite what to wear.
In her previous customer service job, she dressed casually. Her new job, also in
customer service, requirfes-business professional attire. She found just what she
needed in Dress for Success' extensive wardrobe.
"It was like I was going shopping. It's top-of-the-line clothing," she said.
Dress for Success is a national nonprofit that helps prepare low-income
women for job searching and careers by providing clothes, shoes and acces
sories free of charge. The local affiliate also offers interview coaching and
resum6 help. After clients land a job, they receive a week's worth of clothes and
an opportunity to join career development networking groups.
"We give the women we serve a hand up and never a hand out." said Dress
for Success Winston-Salem Executive Director Glynis Bell. "We assist them
See Dress on A9
Florence County DSN ITKrto
BY TODD LUCK
rHE CHRONICI I
Debra Donahue will be bring
ing more than 25 years of experi
ence to the Forsyth County
Department of Social Services'
executive director job she starts
She was chosen by unanimous
vote last month by the DSS board
after a weeks long nationwide
search for someone to succeed Joe
who took a
is the first
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been acting as interim director dur
ing the search, which included
forums and online surveys to get
community and employee input.
Board Chair Evelyn Terry said
Donahue, the current director of
Florence County (S C.) DSS, is the
right person for the job.
"I call it the 'I.T.' factor. She
gets it," said Terry. "She's educat
ed, She's got the experience, and
she 's a good fit for the community."
Donahue was bom in Jackson.
Miss, and raised in Michigan. She
has a Master of Social Work fiom
the University of Michigan and
master's in education from Eastern
Michigan University. It was as she
transitioned from high school to
college that she decided to focus on
the "helping profession." It was
then that she became passionate
about children's issues, especially
as they relate to the underserved
"I saw a real need for advocacy
for children because there wasn't a
lot," she said. "They really didn't
have an advocate or anyone to look
out for their best interests. They 're
like a silent group of people we
have. They're seen, but not heard."
Her first full-time job after col
lege was an investigator for abuse
See DSS on A3
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Spaulding already stumping for '16
Photos by Chanel
BY CHANEL DAVIS
North Carolinians won't decide if they want to keep
the governor they have or go with someone else until fall
But Democrat Ken Spaulding is already on the cam
paign trail; in fact, he announced his intentions to win the
Democratic nomination and unseat Republican Gov. Fat
McCrory in late 2013. Two days after Democrats across
See Spaulding on A8
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Bernard Van Eaton
of Winston-Salem, LLC